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PUB CHAT: State of the industry

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Earlier this year, I was solicited to take part in a Pew Research Center “2022 Survey of Journalists.” It didn’t take long — about 15 minutes — and I was happy to do so. But little did I realize it was as “monumental” as it apparently was.

I put that word in quotes only because it’s one used by Amy Mitchell, Pew’s director of Journalism Research, in a recent note thanking me for my participation. She wrote: “Because of the participation of you and your fellow journalists, this monumental study shares the experiences and perspectives of journalists working in the news industry today and the challenges they face.”

A total of 11,889 U.S.-based journalists took part in the survey, and I must say, it feels good to be part of something so monumental, especially when I didn’t know it at the time.

The results of that survey — some surprising, many that are not — are what this “Pub Chat” is about.

One thing I can tell you is that I appear to be more bullish on the news-gathering and reporting industry than most of my colleagues. One of the questions was to describe the industry in a single word, and the results show that nearly three-quarters of respondents (72%) used a word with negative connotations — such as struggling, chaos, difficult, stressful. I was among the 17% who used what Pew considers a “neutral” word, though I meant it as a positive: Adapting.

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